Introducing Our New Executive Director

penrose-williamNURTUREart is very pleased to introduce William Penrose as our new Executive Director, effective July 5th. We bid a fond farewell to Marco Antonini as he moves on to many exciting new projects after a five-year tenure. Marco greatly advanced our programming, bringing an ambitious new level of international outreach to our exhibitions. We are fortunate that he will continue an association with NURTUREart, contributing expert advice as our honorary Curator-at-Large, and we look forward to potential future collaborations.

The Board of Trustees selected William Penrose after an extensive search — we were deeply gratified by the number of high-caliber candidates interested in the position. All of us were impressed by Will’s considerable professional skills and credentials and particularly moved by his heartfelt enthusiasm for our mission:

Will says, “I look forward to joining the team and working together, nurturing contemporary art and nourishing creativity in communities. I’m truly excited to continue this good work and to further deepen and strengthen the resources and opportunities as a part of the organization. As we know, artists enable us to see and understand the world differently; they help make it possible for us to grow and to imagine. I’m thrilled to join you in empowering artists who create vibrant, dynamic communities. Our investment and integrated approach, I believe, will be inspiring and powerful. Here’s to entering NURTUREart’s third decade together! “

William Penrose is an advocate for providing direct support to artists across all disciplines. He joins us from his position as Director of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. Previously Will was at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for five years where he was responsible for managing artist cohorts, studio spaces, and other aspects of LMCC’s Workspace, Process Space, and residency programs. Will began his career at Scottsdale Cultural Council, working for both Scottsdale Public Art and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Upon relocating to New York in 2007, Will was the registrar at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, based in Chelsea with international galleries. Additionally, Will has consulted at the Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) for research projects on living artists. He is a contributing author to the RCAC’s reports Still Kicking: Aging Performing Artists in NYC and LA Metro Areas and Art Cart: A Feasibility Study for a National Model. Will has lectured at NYU, Drew University, and Parsons: The New School for Design. He was also an inaugural participant in NYFA’s Emerging Leaders Boot Camp and has served on the Junior Committee for Dance/NYC. He holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University, as well as a B.S. in Economics, B.F.A. in Drawing, and Minor in Philosophy from Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.

We are thrilled to have Will’s leadership usher in a new chapter of growth and launch an exciting year long celebration of our upcoming 20th anniversary. So please join us in welcoming Will to NURTUREart!


Karen Marston
President, Board of Trustees
NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc.